PENTECOST SUNDAY May 27 and 28, 2007 WELCOME: Our Savior Jesus is our great and gracious God. He showers us with blessings undeserved and innumerable. May the Lord fill you with joy and appreciation for all His blessings to you. Please sign the friendship register during the offering. PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP: Heavenly Father, let me share the joy of the Psalmist and be glad that I have come to your house for worship. May every opportunity offered to worship you in your house find me eager to join in hearing your Word, in singing your praises, and in lifting up my heart to you in prayer. Amen. ORDER OF WORSHIP: 7:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Common Service, page 15 Common Service with Communion, page 15 Service of Word & Sacrament, page 26 176 176 176 263:1,4 263:1,4 263:1,4 183 183 183 181 181 181 185 185


7:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

MEDITATION BEFORE WORSHIP: In his sermon to the people in Jerusalem on Pentecost Sunday, Peter explained how the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy in the Old Testament and that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Look at Joel 2:28-32 (pew Bible – page 1416) THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Holy Spirit comes to bless us! FIRST LESSON: Genesis 11:1-9 God’s people showed their sinful pride by building a tower (Babel) that would make a name for them. God confused the people and scattered them throughout the world by giving them different languages. SECOND LESSON: Acts 2:1-21 On Pentecost, the confusion at Babel is reversed as the disciples receive the Holy Spirit and are given the ability to speak in other languages. This is the birth of the New Testament Christian Church. PSALM OF THE DAY: “Holy Spirit, Light Divine” Christian Worship, #183

GOSPEL: John 15:26-27 Jesus promises to send the “Counselor,” the Holy Spirit. He will testify to the work of Jesus and bring us to faith. SERMON TEXT: Acts 2:1-21 SERMON THEME: “The Wonderful Meaning of Pentecost” Rev. Myron Schwanke

Holy Communion: The Bible teaches….  that Jesus' body and blood are truly present in the sacrament.  that receiving the Lord's Supper in an unworthy manner brings judgment on the individual.  that when we receive Communion together we are making a public statement that we are united in all our teaching and belief. Therefore, we ask that only members of the Wisconsin Synod or members of churches in fellowship with the Wisconsin Synod, approach the Lord's table for Communion. Members of St. John's are reminded to thoughtfully and prayerfully prepare to receive the Lord's body and blood. Personal Preparation for Holy Communion is on page 156.

PRAYER BEFORE COMMUNION: Father, I have sinned against you and yet in mercy you sacrificed your only Son to purge away my guilt. For his sake, O God, be merciful to me, and in the joy of your Holy Spirit let me serve you all my days. AMEN. GENESIS 11:1-9 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth. ACTS 2:1-21 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “’In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” JOHN 15:26-27 “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS John Earl Benefit Cancelled John and Barb Earl have just found out from the Mayo Clinic that, due to a mixup in billing for his medical and hospital expenses, their final bill has been greatly reduced. Therefore, the planned benefit that was to be held on July 28th at the fairgrounds has been cancelled. Thanks to everyone who have and were willing to help with this event. Baccalaureate We will honor our high school graduates at the 10:00 a.m. service Sunday, June 3. Bible Information Course Beginning May 30, Pastor Fricke will begin a new BIC class at St. John’s. It will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at church. This course is a 14-week study that covers the basic teaching of the Christian faith as the Lutheran Church confesses them. Non-members who wish to join St. John’s are required to attend this class in order to become members. Members who are interested in a review of the key teachings of God’s Word are also invited to attend. Sermons Copies of recent sermons are always available and can be found in the narthex on the wooden pamphlet and magazine rack. SCRIP During the summer, St. John’s School will have SCRIP available for purchase on the 1st and 3rd Sundays between services at church. Enrollment forms along with a list of all places participating are also available. All sales bring a profit to St. John’s School. If you have any questions, please call Priscilla Yarish at 356-0125. You may also buy SCRIP at the church office during the week. Ushers We are looking for head usher(s) for the 5th Sunday, 7:30 a.m. service. Please call the church office or Marty Brey if you are interested or would like more information.

FRUITS OF OUR FAITH For week of May 20, 2007 Church attendance Sunday – 307 Monday – 39 Meadows – 12 = 358

SO THAT ALL MAY KNOW Today Monday Private baptism at 11:15 a.m. Office closed Worship service with Communion at 7:00 p.m. Monday Meadows at 7:00 p.m. Devotions at St. Clare Meadows at 2:00 p.m. New BIC (Bible Information Class) begins at 7:00 p.m. Bible Information Class at 9:00 a.m. Worship Service at 7:30 and 10:00 a.m. – Guest pastor, Rev. Melvin Schwark Communion at 7:30 a.m. Private baptism at 9:00 a.m. Baccalaureate service at 10:00 a.m. Potluck dinner in honor of Myron and T.J. Fluegge following second service at church District Convention at Watertown Worship Service with Communion at 7:00 p.m. Monday Meadows at 7:00 p.m. District Convention at Watertown

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Wednesday Thursday

Bible Information Class at 7:00 p.m. Ladies Aid picnic at Max Hill Park, West Baraboo, at 12:00 noon All ladies of the congregation are invited

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